Receiving a gift can really touch my heart. Not only is the gift special, but it is also that this person took the time to think of me. And if the gift is handmade, well I will probably treasure it forever. For me, the best gifts to receive are those that are handmade. When we make something with our hands, it is filled with our heart and soul. Nothing compares to a gift like this.
As part of your gift giving this holiday season, consider what you could make instead of buying a gift from a store. What are you good at doing? Do you cook? Maybe you could bake cookies, breads, or fill a jar with goodies. Do you paint? You could paint a small picture and frame it. Think about your hobbies and skills. What can you offer to someone else? Check out Pinterest or do Google searches for ideas. Even if you are not crafty, there are so many simple gifts you can make. (Better yet, learn a new craft!)
There are so many benefits for making your gifts. First, a handmade gift usually doesn’t cost very much or at least it usually costs less than a store-bought version. Handmade gifts are one-of-a-kind. They are special and unique. That’s why they are treasured by the recipient. Finally, handmade gifts show how much you care about a person. Time is a valuable resource and a gift like this requires you to spend time making it.
This year, I made something special for my daughter-in-laws and daughter this year, but I cannot tell you in case they are reading my blog. It costs less than anything else I purchased for them, yet I am most excited about giving this gift! I did pour my heart into this gift and I hope they will love it! Honestly, I am not sure who benefits more from making a handmade gift because it is so much fun to put it together. While I am working on it, I am thinking of them.
Next year, I would like to have handmade gifts for everyone! I cannot think of a better way to show how much I love the people who receive these gifts.
I would love to hear about your handmade gifts. What did you make? How was it received?
Featured photo by Kristina Balić on Unsplash.